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Torchy Brown was the first positive Black female character to ever appear in a nationally syndicated comic strip, Dixie To Harlem, which ran in the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper from 1937-1938.
Torchy In Heartbeats and Torchy Togs were featured in a first time ever color comic newspaper insert featuring Black comic strips in the Pittsburgh Courier, the only Black newspaper to carry the insert, from 1950 through 1954.
Torchy In Heartbeats, which marked the second appearance of the Torchy character in a comic strip, was a romance/adventure serial about an independent Black woman who took on issues like sexism, racism and the polluting of the environment.
Torchy comics were written and illustrated by legendary Black cartoonist Jackie Ormes, the first and only nationally syndicated Black female cartoonist until the 1990s.
Torchy Togs was a companion comic strip to Torchy In Heartbeats that featured the Torchy Brown character as a paper doll with an extensive wardrobe.